IV of water definitely necessary! Ha!
Our final day in wine country was bittersweet. We were all starting to feel quite overindulgent, but we wanted to live up our final hours! We had a low-key breakfast of toast, almond butter, fruit and hydrating coconut water before setting off for the day. Also 2 of the 4 mornings we went out running, which was a nice refresher!
Our good friends Lane and Genevieve spent 2 years in Cville while Lane attended Darden Business School. He went on to work for Gallo Family Wines and moved to California. We miss them! They were busy with a wedding over the weekend, but Lane arranged for us to have a tour of one of Gallo Family’s wineries – William Hill Estate.
We traveled over to Napa for the visit. The grounds at William Hill were stunning!
We were greeted by a glass of chardonnay to sip under a beautiful arbor.
We then tasted the flight, impressed more and more by each bottle.
We snacked on truffle popcorn and local olive oil in between sips
Benchmark is king at William Hill, and Kelly from the public relations office sent us home with a bottle!! I think we should save it for our 8th wedding anniversary, don’t you?
Kelly from PR and Kelly II, our tasting room hostess, gave us a great tour!
Luckily they only lost one barrel in last month’s earthquake!
After William Hill we stopped into the grocery store to pick up picnic ingredients.
We headed to Cline Cellars after my amazing Syrah the day before. It ended up being really hot, crowded, and buggy at Cline so we didn’t have the best experience.
But the cheese was good!
Later that afternoon we went to ship home some wine and beer from the trip. Tip for future travelers – Bodega Shipping Company was SO nice! And the shipping prices weren’t too bad either.
We had to pick one final vineyard as our last of the trip. There were so many more we never made it to! Must. Go. Back.
We drove a few miles outside of Sonoma to Gundlach Bundschu.
Yummy, but the crowds had picked up a lot in the thick of the holiday weekend, so we were in and out quickly.
Later that afternoon we met up with Kate, a blog reader/Instagram follower who happened to be in wine country the same time that we were. We met up for a drink before our groups went to dinner later that night. Blends!
We shared a tasting at Envolve and really enjoyed their wines – especially the Malbec!
Then we were off to our final stop – dinner at La Salette, a Portuguese restaurant.
My cell phone camera could not do the meal justice in the low light, but we had a romantic dinner on their patio with fantastic food.
Clockwise from the top: Fisherman’s stew (my entrée), pineapple balls (a dessert surprise for having to wait for our reservation table a bit!), tomato water (another surprise!), amazing cod cakes and our appetizer plate – a mix of tastes including goat cheese, fig bread, sausage, beans and almonds. Great meal!!
Our final morning, before departing for the airport, we ate at Café Sunflower on the Sonoma Square. I highly recommend it!! Great menu and beautiful courtyard out back. Waffle, eggs and tea!
We had a great, great time and can’t wait to plan our next adventure…even if it is many years away!